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Will be among the first to get Android L
With as little fanfare as possible despite an event invitation earlier this month, Google has finally announced their long awaited lineup of low-cost Android phones that will be among the first to ship as part of the company’s new “Android One” lineup. The devices – which are currently being developed by smaller, lesser known brands Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles – are being positioned as ways to get Google into the lower-priced, entry level phone market that has been traditionally dominated by “dumb phones” such as those in Nokia’s Asha platform.
Most Android One smartphones will go for about $100, and all of which will be built on some low-end-but-not-abysmal specs, like a 480 x 854 4.5-inch display or a 5-megapixel camera. All will come running with the latest version of stock Android, Android 4.4 “KitKat”, and all will be among the first tier of phones to get a free update to Android 5.0 “L” when that becomes available at some point in the future.
Because it hasn't leaked enough already
Google has taken the wraps off the oft rumored Nexus 5 at long last. It seems like it’s been so long since we started covering the leaks of this thing that it’s felt like this day would never come, but now that it has I can say I’m excited. The Nexus 5 is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4 as the crown jewel in the Nexus throne, featuring that flagship Android experience the Nexus lineup is known for, but this time it comes in “KitKat” flavor.
That’s right, the Nexus 5 comes preloaded with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Google’s next iterative version of their popular mobile operating system. Like the new name would suggest, Android 4.4 is a much larger update than the previous two updates, both of which carried the same “Jelly Bean” name as Android 4.1. But if you’re looking for revolution and not evolution, you might be disappointed – while Android 4.4 manages to look and feel fresh, it does so without that big “wow” change that many in the Android camp had been expecting after so many years with the Android 4.x line.
Besides Android 4.4, the Nexus 5 starts at $349 and includes 16GB of internal storage, and supports Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile absolutely out of the box; sorry, Verizon fans. It’s got a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor, a strong 5″ 1080p display, and an 8MP back shooter (camera) equipped with image stabilization. And let’s not forget that all of this is running Android 4.4 totally stock, as pure and clean as Google intended it to be used. A refreshing feeling for sure.
We’ll be continuing our Nexus 5 coverage in the days ahead, so keep an eye out for more. Until than, you can hop on the bandwagon and order yourself a Nexus 5 right from Google Play – if you’re so inclined.